Today is the 37th anniversary of the first appearance of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes in the newspaper.
Calvin and Hobbes first appeared about two weeks after I turned six years old—crucially, the same age as Calvin—and it ended after I turned sixteen. I adored it from beginning to end. There is no stronger influence on the way I think, write, or see the world than the ten years of that strip.
Some people have replied to this post with their favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips, and this one is mine. What I especially like about it is the implication that, as many times as we've seen Calvin and Hobbes waiting for the school bus, we've never seen his mom watching him out the window and dutifully retrieving the stuffed animal Hobbes from the street. Calvin is so often in his own world, which is independent and sometimes opposed to his parents, but they love him and foster his imagination.
@tim I grew up reading this strip and have the boxed set. Now my kids read and love it too. In my mind, this and The Far Side will always be true classics.
@Scgalvinmd I bought it for my son too, and he loved it. I wonder how much he remembers of it (he’s 19 now)
If you haven't seen it already, you might want to check out the ExplainLikeImCalvin subreddit. It has the occasional gem.
Immortal comix: Krazy Kat, Pogo, Calvin and Hobbes, maybe The Far Side, and I was sort of thinking of Doonesbury but it's probably too topical to be comprehensible in the future.
@dougholton This is mine. What I especially like about it is the implication that, as many times as we've seen Calvin and Hobbes waiting for the school bus, we've never seen his mom watching him out the window and dutifully retrieving the stuffed animal Hobbes from the street.
No strip since the early days of "Peanuts" (before Snoopy became the star character) has "got" childhood like C&H. Love it so much.
@tim Gosh, I have to pick a a favourite? Ugh, fine, I’ll read through the complete Calvin & Hobbes *again* to find a favourite…
@tim love this so much. Got to know Calvin and Hobbes reading to my boys; one of them is Calvin for sure
Here is a cleaned up nitter link:
@tim I’m such an immense fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Thanks for brightening my day with this reminder.
@tim Calvin & Hobbes is one of those comics that resonates just as much as an adult/parent as it does as a child. Truly something special.
@tim Did they do reruns of the same strips but with different text over there? I own all the books in Norwegian, and after a while I noticed the same strips in comics and newspapers but with different text or wording.
Might be that different translators chose different ways to get the, often, subtile points across.
@worldwidewerner they certainly reran the strips in the newspaper when Watterson was on sabbatical, but I don’t remember them changing the text. That might be a location-specific thing.
Everyone loves that David Foster Wallace "This is Water" commencement address.
But not only did DFW not give the world's greatest commencement address, he didn't even give the best commencement address *at Kenyon College*
That honor easily goes to Watterson
@tim I will tell my husband or message my boss "further bulletins as events warrant"!
It ran from my birth through when I was 10, but when I learned to read at age 4, it was partly using my parents' collections of cartoons and, in the end, we owned all of them. I was incredibly upset when I was 10 and it ended. At 37, approximately the same age Watterson was when he stepped away... I get it on so many levels, at least as much as someone not in his shoes can get it.
@tim I love Valvin and Hobbes it so deeply it makes me sad to think about it. Sad that I haven't thought of it in a year, sad that there will be no more, sad that I've grown up. but also joyous that it exists.
@tim I was five, so almost exactly the right age for C&H as well. It still remains, as far as I care, the best comic strip that could ever be.
It's weird to look back at the markers of the time period represented in C&H. The setting is all late postwar normalcy: suburban nuclear one-earner family, TV but no cable, comic books but no video games, playing in the woods unsupervised, adults turning a blind eye to bullying. It's so recognizably Gen X it's a small miracle that it's remembered at all.
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